snowdrops

Day 15 The voice of one crying in the wilderness

The joy about forcing myself to reflect each day on how nature points toward God is that each day doesn’t just blend into each other, unless I stop thinking about God and just carry on like an automation.

The hope I have is that each day God shall reveal a little bit more about himself within nature, and this might be hard to spot especially if I am stuck in a building all day. But nature doesn’t stop existing, indeed getting out into the fresh air is good for everyones, and my health.

So I arrive back this evening and my daughter took a picture of these snow drops that have started to emerge from the garden. They point towards the hope of a good spring that is to come, even though we have perhaps still got a hard winter to get through.

Luke 3:4

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.

Just like the snow drops pointing towards a the hope of spring, John the Baptist points towards Jesus. He was the one preparing the way. But what points us towards God, what points us towards Jesus?

Well the Holy Spirit points us in the right direction, He convicts us and prays for us, but He points towards Jesus, just like Jesus points towards the Father.

Have you ever done something wrong and you just could not sleep, you just could not carry on because you knew you had to set this thing right? I have on many occasions and I have felt like my heart would at times give in if I went against the bidding of my heart to set this thing right. I have found it pointless to go against the hearts bidding. Now I know my heart is not a separate entity, but the very reason I feel like this when I have done wrong suggests to me that this is the Holy Spirit at work, after all doesn’t the Bible say.

John 16:8

And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:

Lewis Carol said once that if you wanted a religion to feel comfortable, you wouldn’t choose Christianity, and I think he is spot on. The Holy Spirit convicts me of my sin, and He prays for me, but what is more I feel hopeful and indeed joyful that I have this conviction within me because it proves to me beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Holy Spirit dwells within me and can change and eventually dwell with God in eternal salvation.

Tonight as you dwell on the snowdrops pointing towards a hopeful spring, I pray that I point you towards Jesus, and how He offers salvation. I pray that the salvation is accepted with an open heart and that even though your journey may not be an easy one, it will be a life changing one which leads, and points towards a wonderful life ahead with God.

Amen

Blessings

Graham

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